The arm of king Wu was full of strength ; / Irresistable was his ardour. / Greatly illustrious were Cheng and Kang, [...] Cf. Shijing 274
The Master said, "When rulers love to observe the rules of propriety, the people respond readily to the calls on them [...] Cf. Lunyu 388
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
When the man of highest capacities hears Tao / He does his best to put it into practice. / When the man of middling [...] Cf. Daodejing 41
The stars of last night and the wind of last night / Are west of the Painted Chamber and east of Cinnamon Hall. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 210
Be subtle! be subtle! and use your spies for every kind of business. [...] Cf. Sunzi 249
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